The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) may be a “fearless” terrorist group, but its roots go back much further than the first wave of its formation in 2014.
In the late 1990s, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against alcohol.
Its predecessor, the Muslim Brotherhood, too, was denounced by Khomeinis successor, Ayatullah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who was born in 1953 in the city of Mashhad, Iran’s capital.
Today, ISIS is a Sunni jihadist group that has been waging a bloody war against the Shia-led government in Iraq since 2014.
The group has targeted Shiites, Christians, Kurds and other minority groups.
Iran has long supported its Sunni opponents in Iraq, but now its backing is in jeopardy.
On Saturday, President Donald Trump ordered a review of U.S. military support for Iraq’s Shiites in a move that was widely seen as a response to the attacks in Paris last week that killed 130 people.
The review includes recommendations on how to strengthen the coalition against ISIS.
A top Trump administration official, however, said the administration was not considering any change in its military support.
Trump’s announcement follows a report by the Associated Press on Friday that Iran is supplying ISIS with more than 1,000 kilograms of the deadly nerve agent VX.
The report was based on interviews with Iraqi officials, a U.N. investigation and other evidence.
Iran denies supplying ISIS.
“Iran has no role in the development or production of VX,” the Iranian foreign ministry said in a statement.
It added that the U.K. and U.A.E. have imposed sanctions on Iran over its support for terrorism.
Iran’s defense ministry said the country “does not support terrorism.”
In response to questions, the U,A.C., said that “Iran, with its close links to terrorism, has been and remains a sponsor of terrorism” and that the report is “not in line with international law and is totally false.”
“We believe that we should not have to defend ourselves against these false accusations, which are fabricated and are part of a campaign to delegitimize our country,” it added.
On Friday, the United States and its allies struck a deal with Iran to halt its development of the chemical weapon sarin, the country’s second-largest stockpile.
The agreement called for the U.”s.
to lift economic sanctions and the imposition of financial sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its affiliated organizations, including its paramilitary paramilitary force, the Quds Force,” the White House said in its statement.
“The U.s. has agreed to impose new sanctions on IRGC entities and to continue to restrict the IRGC’s access to the U.-S.
In addition, the Trump administration announced it was pulling $1 billion in military aid to Iraq, saying it was “taking decisive action to end its support to the terrorists of ISIS and other groups that have targeted innocent civilians.”